Calling it the "Triple Crown" of the pop charts would probably be overstating the matter somewhat, but it's impressive nonetheless. Bruno Mars has topped the Hot 100 for the last two weeks with his "Locked Out of Heaven," and does so for a third frame this week, but now not only is he topping that chart, he's topping every mini-chart that feeds into it—Radio Songs, On-Demand Songs and Digital Songs. No song has ever done that before simultaneously, though with On-Demand Songs being introduced just last March, there haven't been a ton of songs to get the chance do just yet.
Meanwhile, on the album chart, T.I. is the latest artist to fall victim to Taylor Swift's Billboard 200 dominance. After slaying Bruno's Unorthodox Jukebox on the chart last week, this week, Taylor's Red fends off T.I.'s latest Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. The Swift effort sells a robust 276,000 copies this week to land its sixth non-consecutive week on top the chart, while T.I. comes in with 179k in sales (just above Bruno's Jukebox, landing at #3 with 178k sold. As with Mars, T.I. can take solace that though his album did not hit #1—something the rapper has done thrice already anyway—it outpaced his previous effort, 2010's No Mercy, which sold just 160k in its first week.
With no major album releases on the horizon this week and no singles really knocking on the door of "Locked Out of Heaven," expect Taylor and Bruno's reign of prosperity to continue uninterrupted, likely well into the new year—at least until the release of A$AP Rocky's LongLiveA$AP provides Taylor's first real challenge on Jan. 15th. And maybe by then Macklemore & Ryan Ganz' "Thrift Shop" (#10 this week, remarkably) will have gotten over the Hot 100 hump by then, who knows.
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
We know Ellis Ross is fun and has an offbeat style, but her hairstyle felt like a caricature, and one that was completely unnecessary because there are Black women who have the kind of hair she seemed to be trying to mimic.
Black hair is political.
It is still a radical act for Black people to wear our hair just as it grows out of our heads.
Just as Black people are diverse, Black hair is inclusive of a broad range of colors, textures, density, and porosity. Terms like 3B and 4C are commonly used to describe hair types. While some people still think of hair types as a grading scheme, much like the debate about having "good hair," we are learning more about how hair types have specific care needs. As we grow deeper in love with ourselves and our hair, Black people are looking for the best products on the market and are committed to supporting Black businesses.
When Tracee Ellis Ross announced the launch of Pattern Beauty, there was a lot of buzz and excitement. A Black woman we love and whose hair has always been an unapologetically overwhelming feature was going to respond to Black hair care needs. Sign us up! Now, however, with her Elle magazine cover, some Black women are wondering if Ross is taking up too much of the Black hair space.